Mark Boulton


Variable Face


Beautiful, simple, legible sans serif from Bold Monday. It took me just minutes before I bought this typeface such is the power of this specimen. Leading with key stylistic features focussing on optimum legibility and humanistic feel, the large simple illustration help communicate what can often be type design specialist language. Another bonus of the typeface is the icons and the simply wonderful instructional animations. At the end of the specimen – in case you're not sold yet – we get to the nitty gritty features and glyph tables.

Type Specimens

Excellent site of digital type specimens.

The Real Danger of the Coronavirus - Fiona Cameron Lister - Medium

This article reminds me of a book I read a while ago on fear. And fear of an unknown pathogen is as deep rooted in us as a fear of snakes. But fear itself – spread by 24/7 news – can have a serious impact on our mental health, which will lead to a decrease in immune system efficiency.

The Coronavirus will definitely affect you if you succumb to fear. Writing this, I know it has already affected me. I have a little knot in my solar plexus. I woke up at 3 am this morning thinking about it.

My Visual Studio Code Setup: Extensions and Themes

A few gems here from Matthias for your VS Code setup.

Advice from Ten Years of Leading Remote Teams.

So much this:

It doesn’t take much for the volume of messages in Slack (or Teams) and email to pile up. To top it off, most people don’t care enough to practice proper etiquette when communicating digitally. My personal favorite is the three-foot-tall email-chain that’s been going on for weeks until you’re CC’d with zero context, only a “FYI.” Yet you’re expected to digest the “conversation” and make a quick decision. My next favorite: The impromptu question in Slack that generated a twenty-minute exchange of messages, emoji, and animated GIFs that you’re brought into with a simple @gregstorey followed by “scroll up.” Neither are these exchanges positive or an effective way to communicate, but they’re done all the time. Talk about communication needs and requirements as a team because you need to develop some empathy for what it’s like to be at the end of that shit stick, and then create a shared definition of what proper communication is and how to ensure it happens. Without this discussion and decision making, a remote team is always one Slack thread away from turning into Lord of the Flies.

MonoLisa - A font family designed for software developers. Font follows function.

Lovely mono typeface designed for coding. The website is delightful, especially the little theme swtcher at the top.

As software developers, we always strive for better tools but rarely consider font as such. Yet we spend most of our days looking at screens reading and writing code. Using a wrong font can negatively impact our productivity and lead to bugs. MonoLisa was designed by professionals to improve developers’ productivity and reduce fatigue.


A free, open source, powerful tool for working with messy data